Monsanto Roundup Glyphosate – New MIT Research
Thank you for posting this interview. We just watched it last week. Absolutely shocking. Of course, now Dr. Seneff is being vilified by the Monsanto minions. The more self reliant we become food-wise, the better our health. And if you've got your health, you've got just about everything.
For those without an hour to watch the presentation, would anybody be willing to summarize the main points?
We've known for several years that the promise of GMOs to deliver us a greener, more robust future has actually required the use of vastly more pesticides….gee, what a shock.
Oct 1, 2012
Reuters) – U.S. farmers are using more hazardous pesticides to fight weeds and insects due largely to heavy adoption of genetically modified crop technologies that are sparking a rise of "superweeds" and hard-to-kill insects, according to a newly released study.
Genetically engineered crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use, by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011, according to the report by Charles Benbrook, a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.
404 million additional pounds of pesticides required. And please note that bee and butterfly populations have crashed over the same time frame. Coincidence? You'd have to be fairly dense to ignore the possibility that there's a connection there, and even denser to hold the view that insect population declines are of no real consequence to humans….
We are organisms enmeshed in a beautiful, glorious web of life. We sever the strands of that web at our own peril, both physical and metaphysical…on that last point, by way of analogy, it's like those who sever their social strands by abrasive and abusive behavior suffer a depleted and less wonderful life.
Humans do not know as much as they think they do…the idea that the natural world is simply a side-show that one can safely ignore will go down in the history books as the equivalent of flat-earth thinking. That is, if we last long enough to gather that wisdom…
It was "supposed" to be harmless to humans and animals—the perfect weed killer. Now a groundbreaking article just published in the journal Entropy points to Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, and more specifically its active ingredient glyphosate, as devastating—possibly "the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Westernized societies."
That's right. The herbicide sprayed on most of the world's genetically engineered crops—and which gets soaked into the food portion—is now linked to "autism … gastrointestinal issues such as inflammatory bowel disease, chronic diarrhea, colitis and Crohn's disease, obesity, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, flushxia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS, among others."
Enjoy this videotaped guided tour of Jeffrey Smith interviewing co-author Stephanie Seneff, PhD, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT.
I would love to see a PP podcast with either or both of these people!
I've been eating something very close to a "paleo diet" for about 1 1/2 years. Yes, cutting this and the other junk from my diet made a huge difference. Best thing I ever did.
The punchline is highlighted below .. from the abstract;
Abstract: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®, is the most popular herbicide used worldwide. The industry asserts it is minimally toxic to humans, but here we argue otherwise. Residues are found in the main foods of the Western diet, comprised primarily of sugar, corn, soy and wheat. Glyphosate's inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins. Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body. Here, we show how interference with CYP enzymes acts synergistically with disruption of the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids by gut bacteria, as well as impairment in serum sulfate transport. Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. We explain the documented effects of glyphosate and its ability to induce disease, and we show that glyphosate is the “textbook example” of exogenous semiotic entropy: the disruption of homeostasis by environmental toxins.
So, the Glyphosate does not hurt you directly.. but it does a job on your gut bacteria.
It was my understanding that roundup breaks down into neutral substances 24 hr after application. Is that not true? If you use it on non-food weeds are there harmful effects?
Well said Chris. I am astounded daily at the beauty and complexity of the interwoven systems in the natural world. The interactions are so delicate, so complex, and so perfect that it really makes me wonder how it all came into being by a long series of random mutations. Chris is right, humans do not know as much as they think they do. It's not that we are ignorant, it's just that so much of what we "know" isn't so.
Masanobu Fukuoka's book is still a classic.
He was a twenty generation farmer with a science degree. He asked the question-
"What do I not need to do and still get the same productivity from my land?"
Quite a lot actually. Not only did he meet his targets but he exceeded them.
Remember, he asked "What do I not need to do?" Among the things he ditched were plowing, fertilizers and pesticides. While his neighbours were up to their knees in mud planting rice, he was sipping tea.
Underlying his philosophy was a belief in the robustness of Chaos. He never knew what was going to happen to his crop. Sometimes it was spiders, sometimes something else- but it always came through.
This anally retentive control over the forces of Chaos separates many a good farmer from his profits.
Buy the book- It is one of my favorites.